HELENA – On Friday, August 24, kids of all ages had the chance to learn more about state jobs for the 2018 Take Your Kids to Work at the Capitol Day.
The annual event is hosted by the Interagency Committee for Change by Women (ICCW) for state employees and showcases work done by the different state agencies such as Highway Patrol, Historic Preservation Office, the Department of Commerce and more.
Children had the chance to participate numerous activities such as a “state jobs” scavenger hunt, hands-on learning about stream erosion and how to throw an an atlatl (Spear-thrower).
Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney spoke at the event and hopes the event inspires the kids, and helps them learn about some opportunities to stay in Montana when they grow up.
Organizers say the public often doesn’t understand the vast array of job opportunities provided by state work.
“By having an event such as this and having the different agencies come out, it can peak their interest because we have the archaeological society, we have the snow plows with department of transportation,” said ICCW Communication Director Samantha Chase, “Most people may not think that those are state government.”
The state of Montana currently employs over 14,000 people in a broad array of professions.